In a study from Taiwan and presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions, professional tooth scaling was associated with fewer strokes and heart attacks.
Of those 100,000 people who had their teeth scraped and cleaned by a dentist or dental hygienist, 24 percent had a lower risk of heart attack and 13 percent lower risk of stroke compared to those who never had a dental cleaning. The participants were followed for an average of seven years.
"Protection from heart disease and stroke was more pronounced in participants who got tooth scaling at least once a year," said Emily Chen, MD, cardiology fellow at the Veterans General Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan, who coauthored the study with Hsin-Bang Leu, MD.
The importance of floss in maintaining dental hygiene goes without
saying. In a recent issue of This Old House Magazine, Mark Feirer
offered up these 10 uses for floss as a home improvement tool around
- Tame your frames. This Old House general contractor Tom Silva likes
to hang pictures with it instead of braided wire, which can mar wall
- Sew something. To reattach buttons, Eagle scout and avid DIYer Jason
Gordon packs a needle with an eye large enough for threading it.
- Seal connections.
In the quest to better understand the causes
of periodontal disease, researchers are making big strides on two key
fronts: understanding the nature of the bacteria that stimulate gingival
inflammation, and the genetic and physiologic foundations that can
determine the body's response to that stimulus. Read more